The Garden

Desperate to find her twin sister, Serenity agrees to join Luc in a conniving attempt to take down Force. But their plan falls apart. Now, they are both prisoners of Jade, the Garden Director, who turns Serenity into her prized Flower and won't stop until she plants Serenity's roots in the Garden forever. It is time for Serenity to become the Skeleton Flower.

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Serenity is willing to do anything to find her sister, the twin Force has raised in the Temple since birth. But when Sky refuses to help, Serenity has no choice but to go to Luc—whose plan is to use Serenity as bait. Together, they embark to Force’s island vacation spot—the Garden, an exotic Museum that displays girls as Flowers. When their plan takes a turn for the worse, Jade, the Garden Director, captures Luc and Serenity. With both their lives in the balance, Serenity has no choice but to bow to Jade, who may be even more ruthless and determined than Luc. Serenity will become the Skeleton Flower.
The Jewel by Amy Ewing meets Tricks by Ellen Hopkins in this gritty Young Adult Dystopian that tells of a fear-inducing future where the world of sex trafficking has become a social norm and where woman aren’t treated as humans and are no safer than they were than they were in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Novels in The Aviary Series:

The Aviary (Book One) March 2019

The Garden (Book Two) April 2019

The Temple (Book Three) July 2019

Content Note: the goal of The Aviary Trilogy is to raise awareness about the devastating effects of sex-trafficking. The Aviary’s major theme is a struggle with identity. These books brush on themes of abuse and manipulation, dissociation, pornography, Stockholm Syndrome, drug use in the industry, and various other subjects. Stories were inspired by real-world truths from survivors and rescue workers. A portion of The Aviary’s proceeds will always go to benefit Women at Risk, International.

Reviewed by Melanie Newton
Violence
4
There is a fair amount of violence in this book including murder, but the general underlying culture which is all a form of abuse is why it is rated a 5.
Language
5
There is mainly mild curse words used but the one use of B**** upped the rating to a 5.
Romance/Sensuality
4
There is some pretty intense romance in this book. No more graphic than was in the first installment though.
Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking
3
There is mention of use of a drug called Bliss a few times in the book (which is similar to morphine) and Forget - which does exactly what it describes - makes people forget. There is some wine that is drunk with meals and some of the characters are underage.
Supernatural Characters: There are no supernatural characters in this book.
Other: This is a YA novel which continues from book 1, The Aviary, and deals with some of the darker themes, such as sexual trafficking, but in a fictionalized setting. There is a birth of a premature baby that doesn’t survive. The content is such as to be expected when dealing with themes of this nature and some trigger warnings may be required.

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Series: The Uncaged Series, Book 2
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy/Dark Fantasy, Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Themes / Sexual Abuse
Tags: abuse, coming of age, Dystopian, Fantasy, kidnapped, romance, sex trafficking, Survival story, urban, young adult
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Year: 2019
ASIN: 1634223497
ISBN: 9781634223492
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About the Author
Emily Shore

Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. Her anti-trafficking books Ruby in the Rough and Ruby in the Ruins are her first indie-published books with proceeds benefiting trafficking rescue organizations. She is signed with Clean Teen Publishing for her anti-trafficking dystopian The Aviary. For every book sold, a personal donation will return to Women At Risk, International.

Throughout the years, she has connected with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking and injects the truths she's learned into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and always hopes for more speaking events in schools, churches, and libraries. Please contact her on her website if you are interested in hearing her speak. In her spare time, she loves attending any abolition events, baking, acrylic painting, interior decorating, and spending time with all the little girls in her life.

Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two daughters. Their goal is to adopt a little girl from India.

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